Belgian airlines take Ryanair to court

BATA, the association of Belgian airlines, is taking the Irish low cost carrier Ryanair to court. BATA accuses Ryanair of unfair competition both at the airports of Brussels and Charleroi.

Staff working for Ryanair are subject to Ireland's business-friendly tax regime that is more beneficial for the company than Belgian tax provisions.

BATA lawyer Filip Tilleman: "When an employer provides jobs it should also respect Belgian labour law. The indexation of wages that keeps salary increases in line with price rises is a sensitive issue. It's an incredible advantage for an employer not having to index the salaries of employees in Belgium."

BATA includes Brussels Airlines, Jetair Fly and Thomas Cook.